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Do you ever have difficulty deciding what to make for supper? And then having it all ready at the same time?

Here's a simple supper that you can make and have supper on the table in an hour or less.

On the menu is "Hearty Beef and Rice" for the main dish, "Glazed Carrots" as a side dish and "Snowy Dinner Rolls" for that special touch.

Most of the ingredients for these dishes are probably already in your cupboard and freezer. Look over the recipes to make sure.

About an hour before serving time, start the "Snowy Dinner Rolls"

1 pkg. active dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons
3/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons shortening

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and cut in shortening with pastry blender or a fork till shortening is in small bits. Add yeast mixture and mix well.

Turn onto floured surface and knead 3 or 4 times. Roll out to 3/4 to 1-inch thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter. Place on greased baking sheet and let rise about 45 minutes.

Bake at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 6 to 8 rolls
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Take a few minutes and clean the mess you made while mixing and kneading the rolls. Then, start on the "Glazed Carrots"

1 small bag carrots
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter

Peel and slice carrots. Place in saucepan, and add brown sugar and butter. Add enough water to cover.
Bring to a boil, then simmer till carrots are done.

Makes about 4 servings
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Now, about 30 minutes before serving time you should start on the "Hearty Beef and Rice"

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion,chopped
1 1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
1 14-oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups hot water

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and drain. Add onion and cook till tender. Add remaining ingredients
and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for ten minutes or until rice is tender.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
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While the beef and rice is simmering, remember to put the rolls in the oven to bake. And there you have it, a delicious supper in an hour!

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